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Portland Trail Blazers lose Robert Williams III for season

Portland Trail Blazers center Robert Williams III will be out for the rest of the season due to needing right knee surgery, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

During last Sunday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Williams damaged his kneecap and ligaments. He's expected to undergo surgery here shortly, and the hope is that the former Boston Celtics is good to go next season. This is also not the first time that Williams has had knee issues either. In March 2022, he tore the meniscus in his left knee and missed the start of the 2022-23 season due to offseason surgery on his left knee.

Willaims was acquired by the Blazers in a trade that sent Jrue Holiday to the Celtics in September. This season, he only played in six games, averaging 6.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks For his career, he has averaged 7.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 0.7 steals, and was part of the NBA All-Defensive Team in 2022. It's unclear if the Blazer would want to trade the 'Time Lord' given his target as a trade chip in recent years. However, a trade isn’t likely to happen this season due to Williams' surgery. If he were to be traded, it would probably happen in the offseason, with two years remaining on his current deal.

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